The Newest Inductees Into The Ertegun Jazz Hall Of Fame

Photo by Francis Wolff

News | Jul, 1st 2015

Jazz at Lincoln Center is excited to announce Dexter Gordon, James P. Johnson, and Lennie Tristano as the 2015 inductees into the Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame (EJHF) after gaining the majority popular vote cast by jazz fans around the world. The EJHF honors legendary artists or members of the jazz community based on thier singular dedication and outstanding contribution to jazz. Learn more about the 2015 inductees below...

Lennie Tristano

Very few artists have achieved the range and depth one hears in Lennie Tristano’s music. He was a musician ahead of his time: an early master who found new paths for the music, an innovator who recorded free jazz years before the genre even existed, a risk-taker who performed breathtaking and fiery atonal improvisations well before other artists caught on, and an experimenter who utilized multitrack recording techniques even when it was controversial to do so. Indeed, Tristano always looked ahead, not only through his music, but also through his teaching. Establishing a remarkable school of thought around jazz and improvising, Tristano spent his career passionately devoted to developing and nurturing new generations of artists.

Dexter Gordon

Photo by Francis Wolff

An innovator from the beginning, who translated the BeBop vocabulary of Charlie Parker to the tenor saxophone, Dexter Gordon became one of the most beloved masters of this music, famed for his spacious and warm sound, his humorous musical quotes, and his nearly endless string of classic albums that showed an artist committed to growing and learning throughout his life.

"Jazz to me is a living music,” Gordon once noted. “It's a music that since its beginning has expressed the feelings, the dreams, hopes, of the people.” 

James P. Johnson

The Father of Stride Piano, a pioneer of Broadway, a composer of hits, and an innovator who anticipated Third Stream, pianist and composer James P. Johnson blazed new paths for this music, showed us new levels of pianistic virtuosity, and gave us a cavalcade of popular hits to which we’ve never stopped dancing. Indeed, if stride piano was a school, Johnson was its Dean. He gave us the soundtrack for the roaring twenties, he showed us new and ambitious visions for jazz composition, and he demonstrated a virtuosity that few have ever matched.

Watch a free live webcast of the induction ceremonies Wednesday, July 1 and Thursday, July 2 at 7:30 & 9:30PM ET.

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